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Quincy's Memorial Bridge closes as Mississippi River rises

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Thousands of people travel over the Memorial Bridge into Quincy everyday, but the floodwaters are almost to the approach on the Missouri side.

MoDOT crews have blocked eastbound traffic on Highway 24 in West Quincy and are diverting to the Bayview Bridge, which has been turned into a two-way traffic bridge.

Brain Untiedt, a traffic operation engineer for MoDOT says heavy traffic isn't unusual for such a highly traveled area.

"There's a lot of people that go into Quincy from this side of the road and come out of Quincy onto this side," said Untiedt.

Untiedt says he got word Friday morning that IDOT decided to close down the Memorial Bridge. Something that's procedure when the river gets to about 26 to 27 feet.

"Just for safety precautions we like to get traffic off that once it gets about that high," said Untiedt.

Drivers in the area say even though they are still able to get across the river, delays will be an inconvenience.

"It'll affect a lot of people that I worked with at Knapheide. There's a lot of people that live in Missouri and use that bridge all the time," said Bill Coons, Quincy resident.

"I just feel sorry for a lot of people that has to go back and forth," added Sharon Buss, Quincy resident.

The last time drivers saw a "road closed" sign across the Memorial Bridge was back in 2008. Untiedt says you can expect to see the same kinds of procedures that were in place back then.

"It's pretty much the same as we did it back in 2008," said Untiedt. "The signing is almost the same, we switch them over in the same spot. It's all head to head. So, traffic shouldn't seem too much different than back in '08."

So, when will the bridge be back open? Crews say it's all up to the mighty Mississippi.

"We have no word on that," said Untiedt. "We'll just have to monitor river levels."

Crews say if you do cross over the Bayview Bridge expect delays, and have patience.

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